McGoff Group receives planning approval for Market 41

The McGoff Group has received planning approval for its eagerly anticipated Market 41 food hall development on the corner of Railway Road and Greenfield Avenue in the centre of Urmston. The decision was made at Trafford Council’s planning committee meeting last night (9 December) with committee members voting in favour of the development to enhance the existing market site and contribute to the future vitality of Urmston town centre.

The next step for the McGoff Group is to secure funding for the multi million pound private development and the company is in advanced conversations with potential funding institutions. The company will also be refreshing contact with the many food and beverage operators who had initially expressed an interest in trading from the new development to see if they are still keen to be involved.  They will also be inviting fresh applications from potential new traders, ensuring the best blend and appropriate mix of operators are selected for a successful project.

Director at the McGoff Group, Chris McGoff, commented: “We are delighted to finally receive approval for Market 41 and are looking forward to getting the business planning and funding discussions underway once more. The last couple of years have presented unforeseen operational challenges across all sectors, including hospitality, forcing us to re-think how Market 41 would function in a post-pandemic world. We are confident that the concept has been sufficiently future-proofed to reduce operational risk for all involved and are pleased to back on track with a project that will be of economic value to Urmston and economically viable for all involved whatever the future holds.”

The approved plans for Market 41 comprise a three-storey scheme with a food hall and communal dining area at its heart.  Modular units will provide a clear distinction between individual operators and there will be more outdoor space along with a retractable roof to promote the constant flow of fresh air.

In addition to an exciting mix of cafes, restaurants and bars located on the ground and first floors, Market 41 will benefit from dedicated areas for flexible working, lifestyle pop-ups, artisan markets, plus private dining and events.  The second floor will feature a 32-room contactless ‘hands free’ hotel and stunning rooftop event area.

McGoff continues: “We understand that there has been a lot of interest regarding Market 41; over the next couple of months we aim to reconnect with interested operators and make contact with new ones, finalise the operating model and secure the funding needed to deliver a fantastic market that Urmston can be really proud of.”

It is hoped that construction will start on site in summer 2022.  For further information on Market 41 please contact Paul Danks on or visit

New £15M Care Home opens in Worsley

New Care, one of the UK’s fastest growing care home developers, has opened the doors to a ‘new generation’ care home in Worsley, worth circa £15m.

Located on Walkden Road, on the site of the former Cock pub and hotel, the new care facility features 71 fully furnished bedrooms, each with a private en suite wet room, plus a selection of communal lounges, dining rooms and quiet reading rooms.  It also has a nail bar, hairdresser, landscaped gardens and outdoor terraces to the first floor.

Expertly designed to suit the specific plot, New Care worked meticulously with the architect and clinical team, and closely with the local authority, to deliver a state-of-the-art care facility that will provide outstanding residential, nursing, dementia and respite care services to residents of Salford.

Bridgewater Manor was officially opened by Salford’s Ceremonial Mayor, Cllr John Mullen.

He comments: “The motto of the city is ‘Salus Populi Suprema Lex’ which translates to ‘the welfare of the people is the highest law’ and after visiting Bridgewater Manor and meeting the New Care team, I can honestly say that this new care home will ensure the welfare of its residents will be its highest law too.

“The facility is stunning, but practical, and the attention to detail is impressive.  The team is professional, dedicated and passionate and the residents will no doubt enjoy a very high quality of care at Bridgewater Manor.”

Dominic Kay, Chairman for New Care, adds: “It was a pleasure to welcome Cllr John Mullen to Bridgewater Manor to cut the red ribbon and officially declare the facility open.  He enjoyed a preview tour of the care home and afterwards, spent time talking to the team, offering kind words, which was very much appreciated.”

Bridgewater Manor is New Care’s ninth care facility in the UK, and the first in Salford.  The care home will create approximately 100 jobs in multiple disciplines, from carers and nurses to hospitality, housekeeping, activities, maintenance and chefs.

Transform & Regenerate

We are looking to engage with strategic public and private sector partner landowners to deliver redevelopment and regeneration schemes across the North West & Midlands. Utilising the unique skill sets across the Group we add significant value to the entire development process from funding through to operation.

McGoff / Macdonald Hotels Lymm JV

We are currently redeveloping the Lymm Hotel site in Cheshire creating a first of its kind, multi-generational hub in the heart of this thriving community. The existing underperforming hotel has been demolished to make way for a state of the art care home, natural children’s day nursery and a block of luxury retirement apartments.

Back To The Garden commits to the Forest Schools approach

Local nursery group, Back to the Garden Childcare, is underlining its commitment to a new forest schools-based approach with the appointment of a dedicated forest schools leader.

Outdoor enthusiast and all-round gardening expert Mark Wallis from Sale joins the nursery on a permanent basis to deliver an exciting and engaging new curriculum based around hands-on learning experiences in the nursery’s beautiful garden complemented by visits to local parks, woodland and green spaces.

In addition to daily forest school sessions, Mark will be responsible for looking after the garden, helping the children learn about the day-to-day watering and care of the plants, herbs and vegetables.  He will also assist with teaching woodwork in the woodworking shed.

He is delighted to have been approached to implement the new forest school sessions and is looking forward to involving the children in many different outdoor learning experiences.

He said: “For the last couple of years, I have had the privilege of looking after the glorious outside space at Back to the Garden in Broadheath as a self-employed gardening contractor and I can see how much it is loved and used by the children on a daily basis.

“Implementing the new forest schools approach was an opportunity too good to miss and it feels like the natural next step for me to join the team on a permanent basis.  I’ve always felt part of the Back to the Garden family as my wife is a unit leader at the nursery.  She has been there since the start and I know much she loves it.”

Forest schools is a specialised learning approach with many recognised benefits including opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning and exploration experiences in natural outdoor settings including gardens or woodlands with trees. 

Founder at Back to the Garden, Jeannie Pickering, added: “Organic child-led learning in the great outdoors has always been very firmly at the heart of our ethos at Back to the Garden. Our children already enjoy a natural approach based around spending as much time as possible within nature and we aim to formalise this further with a commitment forest schools and outdoor learning on an ongoing basis.  Our children really respond to this approach and its wonderful seeing their development.” 

With a second site currently under construction on Whitbarrow Road in Lymm, Mark will also be involved in the garden design, landscaping and planting of the new nursery and, once open, he will split his time between the two delivering forest schools in both locations.

A self-employed gardener for the last 15 years, Mark lives in Sale with his wife and two children.  To help reduce his personal impact on the environment, he now cycles to work. When not working, he enjoys a 5k Saturday park run, running his local Cub Scout group, walking his Labrador and following Sale Sharks rugby team.

Based in Altrincham and coming soon to Lymm, Back to the Garden is an innovative child-led day nursery that focuses on active learning through outdoor play in a stunning garden setting.  Its philosophy of allowing children to be children to explore their environment, experiment with the outdoor playscape and harness their own imaginations allows for a natural approach where each child develops at their own pace.

Back To The Garden breaks ground in Lymm

Leading day nursery Back to the Garden Childcare has officially broken ground at its second location on Whitbarrow Road in Lymm, burying a time capsule to mark the occasion. Founders Stewart and Jeannie Pickering were joined by parent and child Katy-Mae and two-year-old Miller and expectant nursery administrator Gina Greef from Back to the Garden’s first site in Altrincham, to mark the start of construction. 

Reinforcing the connection between the two locations and leaving a lasting legacy to be discovered by children in years to come, the McGoff Construction site team buried a stainless steel time capsule filled with photos, drawings and crafts from the pre-schoolers in Broadheath.

With its innovative outdoor classroom, forest schools-based curriculum and all-seasons learning and exploration space, Back to the Garden is an expertly designed, purpose-built day care setting that focuses on organic, child-led learning through outdoor play and has enjoyed considerable success since the opening of its first site three years ago. Setting new standards in post-Covid childcare, the nursery is embarking on a period of expansion, taking its conscious approach to new locations across the North West and beyond.

Founder Jeannie Pickering said: “We are delighted to officially break ground on our second setting and excited to bring the Back to the Garden concept to Lymm.  We aim to deliver the very best in childcare, based on a natural approach where children spend as much time as possible outside learning actively through outdoor play in the fresh air and developing at their own pace.

“It’s wonderful to have Miller, one of the very first children to join us at Broadheath, and his mum here with us today and also Lymm local Gina who will be transferring to the new nursery when she returns from maternity leave next year.” 

The plans for the new Back to the Garden nursery in Lymm are superb; offering a safe and stimulating environment both inside and out, the nursery will allow children to explore, learn and discover in a beautifully landscaped garden complete with dedicated forest schools space.

Designed and delivered by the McGoff Group, it is part of a wider development that also includes a state-of-the-art care centre and 45 luxury apartments in a leafy conservation area setting next to the Trans Pennine Trail.  A new concept in multi-generation living, the £28.25 million development will bring young and those in later life together to form a thriving new hyperlocal community with proven health, social and wellbeing benefits for all. 

With construction now underway, work will continue at pace with an estimated completion date of October 2022. The team at Back to the Garden is already noting interest in the new nursery from local parents and carers.  For further information or to secure your place, please visit the website or call 0800 118 2884.

McGoff Group donate vehicle to local charity

The McGoff Group have donated one of their specially adapted fleet vehicles to The Pictor Academy in Timperley.

The Pictor Academy caters for children aged 2 – 11 with special educational needs arising from a range of conditions. Each pupil at Pictor receives their own individual programme including activities that are designed to encourage them to make good progress across all areas and achieve their full potential.

Director at McGoff Group, Declan McGoff commented: 

“We are delighted to be in a position where we are able to provide the Academy with a really useful vehicle that will assist with their pupil transportation requirements. Pictor Academy is a great asset to our community in Trafford and many local families have benefitted from the care their children have received”.

Pictor Academy Executive Headteacher, Andrew Taylor commented:

“We are extremely grateful to the McGoff Group for this generous donation. By widening our transport opportunities, we are able to extend the experiences our children receive and enhance their education. We feel privileged to be part of the same community as the McGoff Group. Many thanks from all the children, families and staff!”